Clint Eastwood Interview For ‘Trouble with the Curve’
Academy Award winner Clint Eastwood, Oscar nominee Amy Adams, and Justin Timberlake star in ‘Trouble with the Curve,’ which marks the feature film directorial debut of Eastwood’s longtime producing partner Robert Lorenz. Gus Lobel (Clint Eastwood) has been one of the best scouts in baseball for decades, but, despite his efforts to hide it, age is starting to catch up with him. Nevertheless, Gus—who can tell a pitch just by the crack of the bat—refuses to be benched for what could be the final innings of his career. He may not have a choice. The front office of the Atlanta Braves is starting to question his judgment, especially with the country’s hottest batting phenom on deck for the draft. The one person who might be able to help is also the one person Gus would never ask: his daughter, Mickey (Amy Adams), an associate at a high-powered Atlanta law firm whose drive and ambition has put her on the fast track to becoming partner.
Mickey has never been close to her father, who was ill-equipped to be a single parent after the death of his wife. Even now, in the rare moments they share, he is too easily distracted by what Mickey assumes is his first love: the game. Against her better judgment, and over Gus’s objections, Mickey joins him on his latest scouting trip to North Carolina, jeopardizing her own career to save his. Forced to spend time together for the first time in years, each makes new discoveries—revealing long-held truths about their past and present that could change their future. The film also stars Justin Timberlake as Johnny Flanagan, a rival scout who has his sights on a career in the announcer’s booth…and has eyes for Mickey. Rounding out the main cast are John Goodman, Robert Patrick, Matthew Lillard, Scott Eastwood, and Joe Massingill. ’Trouble with the Curve’ is pencilled in for a September 21st release in the US and November 30th release in the UK. Look out for in-depth interviews with Clint Eastwood, Justin Timberlake and Amy Adams for the film next week.
Can you tell us a little about where we meet Gus in ‘Trouble with the Curve’?
Clint Eastwood: Sure. Gus is an old scout, Baseball scout, and he’s having a few health problems. And his daughter Mickey, who’s a lawyer in Atlanta, wants to come out and see what’s the matter with him. She wants to help him, but Gus is one of these guys who’s very stubborn (laughs). Gus is having problems with his vision, an essential for a scout, somebody who’s going around to various farm clubs trying to figure out who the next stars going to be in the Baseball game. So he has to rely on his instincts, his hearing and everything else to make everything work.
Gus and Mickey have an interesting father/daughter relationship and dynamic, there’s a number of conflicts there?
Clint Eastwood: Yeah. Mickey’s gone off and become an attorney and she’s proud of the job that she’s doing but she’s worried about Gus, her father. She figures he’s the only blood relative she has – because her mother had died when she was very young, so she’s got that dilemma of wanting to do a good job for her company and also solve this problem, whatever the problem is, with him. So Mickey has cross conflicts going at all times, and he has the conflict that he doesn’t want anybody helping him, he doesn’t want anybody feeling sorry for him, and he doesn’t want her around because he doesn’t think that it’s a healthy atmosphere for her and her job. But she was around when she was growing up a lot, so she knows Baseball very well. It’s interesting.
How was it for you working with Amy Adams in that capacity, with that relationship?
Clint Eastwood: Amy Adams can take a real swing at the bat (laughs), she was perfect at that. And Mickey needed to be believable in ‘Trouble with the Curve,’ believable as somebody who has been raised with somebody who was a Baseball player and had gone onto to become a scout – and somebody who knew the name of every player that played in 1934 or whatever. She was great, very believable. It was very natural working with Amy Adams as Mickey in ‘Trouble with the Curve,’ very natural.
What was it like working with you longtime producing partner Robert Lorenz on his directional debut?
Clint Eastwood: It was great. Rob is a very bright guy, he’s been with me for 19 years now. He’s always wanted to direct and he expressed it a few years back. And when Rob brought me this script and I liked the script – he not only discovered the ‘Trouble with the Curve’ script with a friend, but I liked it and I thought, “This, ’Trouble with the Curve,’ is a perfect opportunity. Rob can direct and I’ll just play a part!” Which was something I hadn’t done in 20 years for another director. I’d only acted in movies I directed.
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